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Company Christmas Party

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Not sure if I am going to go or not. It is at the Marriot Convention Center (which I guess is part of the hotel). I was planning on going but then I started thinking of what they had last year. It is in a different hotel so the food may be different but it will probably be basically the same. Based on last years food I would now be able to eat cheese and fruit and some meat since I wouldn't know what was in everthing else.

Do you think I should just go and just eat things (if anything) I can eat and know there is nothing in or stay home and be safte?

Any and all advice is appreciated!

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There is no reason to skip the party just because of the food. Either eat before you go or bring your own meal along. I go to enjoy the company.

I am attending my company party to enjoy everyone's company. I plan to bring my own meal.


Phyllis

Gluten Free - 30 years

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ditto what phyllis said - holiday parties are about the people, so eat ahead of time or bring food and go to socialize (and network - work holiday parties are as much about staying up in the work situation as the people).


Tiffany aka "Have I Mentioned Chocolate Lately?"

Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy

G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004

Hiker, Yoga Teacher, Engineer, Painter, Be-er of Me

Bellevue, WA

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I would ask your HR department for the contact information for banquet manager at the hotel. Then I would call that person and ask if they are able to accommodate special diets. The banquet staff may be able to prepare you a safe plate and hold it for you until you get there. I was able to attend our last service awards dinner, and this worked for me. You won't know if you don't ask. :)

If they are unable to accommodate a gluten-free diet, I would eat beforehand and go to enjoy the company.


-Colleen

Dx 8/05 via bloodwork and biopsy (total villous atrophy)

13-year old son Dx 11/05 via bloodwork and biopsy

Daughters (16 and 5) have tested negative via bloodwork

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I feel very lucky that my company suggested Legal Seafood, which has a gluten free menu.

I definitely say call ahead and see what they can do for you, you might be surprised.

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IMO unless you are out of town, the company Christmas party is not optional. Like others have said, just eat beforehand or have snacks with you to munch on, on your way home and go have a good time :)


Jillian

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Gluten free since July 6, 2005

Tarrytown, NY

"Sometimes being a b$tch is all a woman has to hold onto." - Dolores Claiborne

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Count my vote for attending & either eat before you go or take your meal with you... When they see what goodies you have they may just become jealous!!!!

Hope you have a good time..

mamaw

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I would go and mingle with your work friends. How often is it that you guys get to hang out outside the workplace where you can relax and be yourselves. I would eat before hand and if they have fruit and veggies or safe looking things snack on that kind of stuff.

Don't worry too much about the food and have fun!


~~~~Gluten Free since 9/2004~~~~~~

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I would ask your HR department for the contact information for banquet manager at the hotel. Then I would call that person and ask if they are able to accommodate special diets. The banquet staff may be able to prepare you a safe plate and hold it for you until you get there. I was able to attend our last service awards dinner, and this worked for me. You won't know if you don't ask. :)

Oh yes! Do this!

Last year DH company had a catered meal. I couldn't have most of it. The banquet manager had me look over a menu and pick something and they made sure it was "clean" and cooked "clean".


Shellfish free since 1980

Milk free (all forms) since 1991

Feingold in 2003

First gluten-free round 2007

Now entering full time Gluten free, egg free, almond/peanut free

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I'm going to my husbands Christmas party again this year. (I don't have one since I have my own business, and it's just me! LOL) I just eat before I go, and make sure to bring a snack. :)


Katie

Gluten free since July 2005

Lactose Free since 1994

Soy free since May 2007

Dairy free since September 2007

Hypothyroid & Hashimoto

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I plan on going to my husband's company party - it's at a Marriott, too. We get to choose from 4 items, which I chose something that looked pretty safe. I plan on getting our contact's name at the hotel to find out if this is safe and try to avoid some cc, which might be hard. But with a big chain like Marriott, I'm hoping they've been through this before and are prepared.


Laura

Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism 1992

Diagnosed Adult ADD and Panic Disorder 2005

Diagnosed Gluten Intolerant 2006

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I went to a wedding reception at a Marriott (~200 guests), and they were very good with the gluten-free menu. They had a standard gluten-free meal that they serve, and the manger spent some time going over it with me. I had no problems the day of the event and didn't get sick!


Gluten-Free since September 15, 2005.

Peanut-Free since July 2006.

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